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Kaplan, Stephen – Liberal Education, 2020
Everyone has heard about the problematic and sometimes tragic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that affects many among our military and veteran populations. What is less known, but statistically more prevalent, is transition stress. Leaving the military and entering civilian life presents serious challenges. Entering civilian academic life,…
Descriptors: Veterans, College Students, Student Adjustment, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Jones, Tiffany; Jackson, Victoria; Ramirez-Mendoza, Jaime – Liberal Education, 2020
With the total student debt in the United States at nearly $1.5 trillion, loans are affecting the lives of many students. But while higher education pays off for the average graduate, the student loan data illustrates a unique and severe situation for Black students that has reached crisis level, even if the same isn't true for other racial and…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Student Loan Programs, College Students, African American Students
Murphy, Brian – Liberal Education, 2020
The levels of alienation and anger animating contemporary politics, the lack of commitment to democratic institutions, the distance ordinary citizens feel from government--all are issues of enduring danger and also form the ground on which actual enemies can act. How do institutions committed to the broadest liberal education of students respond…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, General Education, Liberal Arts
Reilly, Kevin P. – Liberal Education, 2020
You can acquire knowledge, understanding, and habits of mind by studying James Joyce that are invaluable in a variety of ways and that many employers would like to see in their employees. What multinational organization, for instance, does not want professionals who, blending accepted wisdom with forward thinking, can critically assess business…
Descriptors: Authors, Twentieth Century Literature, Undergraduate Students, Student Development
Krusemark, Stephanie; White, George – Liberal Education, 2020
The global COVID-19 pandemic changed every area of the higher education experience, from enrollment to commencement. One of the greatest threats has been to relationships and community. Without classes, dorms, dining halls, clubs, and study groups, college students lack the points of social connection integral to student satisfaction and success.…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Mentors, Peer Relationship, Student Empowerment
Morales, Marisol; Perez Valencia, Jacqueline – Liberal Education, 2020
The commitment to the construction of a diverse and equitable democracy is even more imperative than ever given our changing demographics, growing inequality, and the eroding of gains of the civil rights movement. For instance, the criminalization of communities of color, with Blacks imprisoned five times more than Whites, and Hispanics nearly…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Minority Groups, Diversity
Bitar, Jinann – Liberal Education, 2020
Higher education is a critical tool for social mobility, but today, students and their families face significant challenges. It is against this backdrop that the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) convened the Task Force on Higher Education Financing and Student Outcomes. This group has identified several areas of federal policy ripe for reform that…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Educational Change, Paying for College, Political Attitudes
Kanter, Martha; Venkatesan, Anjana – Liberal Education, 2020
Every student should have the opportunity to attain an affordable quality college education, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, geography, or background, but rising college costs have placed higher education out of reach for too many of today's students and burdened others with often insurmountable amounts of debt. One solution to this problem…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Access to Education, Barriers, Tuition
Cantor, Nancy – Liberal Education, 2020
In his 1990 book "Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate," Ernest L. Boyer set a stage of precedents for what is now seen as the pressing challenges for higher education. Boyer--who served as chancellor of the State University of New York, as US commissioner of education, and as president of the Carnegie Foundation for…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, College Role, Student Diversity
Aragoni, Christen; Schuster, Emily; Dedman, Ben – Liberal Education, 2020
As campuses across the world grapple with serving their students during the COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice protests, "Liberal Education" asked educators from a range of institutions about their experiences. These educators offered insights into how the current moment is affecting student well-being and community engagement. They…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Activism, Higher Education
Naser, Souzan – Liberal Education, 2020
The global pandemic and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody have rocked the nation and exposed its deep-seated inequalities and racism. The rebellion in the streets is a justified response to health disparities, racism, white supremacy, and police violence. Across the country, students--especially Black students, Indigenous…
Descriptors: Arabs, North Americans, School Counseling, Mental Health
Schuster, Emily – Liberal Education, 2020
Amid a devastating pandemic and increasing polarization, how can US colleges and universities help students bridge divides, make their voices heard, and understand their responsibilities to others in a democratic society? This article is an interview of Nancy Thomas, director of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts…
Descriptors: Democracy, Teaching Methods, Higher Education, Pandemics
Kezar, Adrianna; Fries-Britt, Sharon – Liberal Education, 2020
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests against racism, students have returned to campuses, virtually and in person, with a renewed commitment to social justice, racial equity, and institutional accountability. This mindset provides an opportunity for colleges and universities to partner with students to advance progress on diversity, equity,…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Case Studies, Universities, Trauma
Reichman, Henry – Liberal Education, 2020
Academic freedom is undoubtedly a core value of higher education, but should it sometimes be compromised in order to accommodate efforts to tackle the many considerable challenges of the twenty-first century, from fighting climate change and global pandemics to reckoning with the stubborn legacies of institutional racism? More specifically, can…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Student Diversity, Higher Education, Freedom of Speech
Weston, Linda Yaron – Liberal Education, 2020
In the fall of 2019, at the University of Southern California (USC), nine students died of causes that included suicide and drug use. The campus community was shaken by grief and called for action to support student mental health. As educators confront the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racial justice issues, addressing student well-being is more…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Mental Health, Grief, Suicide
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